ArcticHub - Blog Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:35:22 -0400 HUBzero - The open source platform for scientific and educational collaboration en-gb Copyright 2017 ArcticHub Blog entries Finland to create a database of black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic

One of Finland's priorities during its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council is to create a database of the sources of black carbon and methane emissions in the Arctic, Finland's consul general in St. Petersburg, Anne Lammila, told the TASS news...]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:32:06 -0400 New version of the Fluctuations of Glaciers database The World Glacier Monitoring Service has updated its FoG database with more than 30,000 new or corrected data records.

This latest update includes:

+ 150 new glacier-wide balances and several thousands (!) of corrected and enriched data records thanks to the efforts of the...]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:26:29 -0400 Now Available Online: Witness the Arctic - Spring 2017 The Spring 2017 issue of Witness the Arctic is now published online. This issue includes summaries on: SEARCH program activities; the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook; the Sea Ice Prediction Network; a study of water security in rural Alaska; Anchorage Arctic Research Day; the IARPC 5-year Research...]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:46:21 -0400 U.S. Ice Drilling Program: Spring 2017 Ice Bits Newsletter Now Available The U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office announces that the Spring 2017 Ice Bits newsletter of U.S. Ice Drilling Program activities is now available at:

Topics include:

  • IDDO Welcomes New Field Support Manager
  • Antarctic Cargo Returns...]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:05:06 -0400 Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change

    The Science Team of the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has cancelled the first leg of the 2017 Expedition due to complications associated with the southward motion of hazardous Arctic sea ice, caused by climate change.

    This regrettably postpones the...]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:35:10 -0400 New Study on Precipitation in Lower Latitudes May Portend More Flooding, Drought in Arctic Because they’re skeptics, scientists know to tread carefully when they come across stories that begin with the words “According to a new study…” But, a new study published last week about the impact of global warming on precipitation patterns in the lower and middle latitudes has caught the...]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:35:48 -0400 Massive frozen methane domes at the bottom of Arctic sea could soon explode

    On the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean, a field of huge frozen methane domes has caught the attention of scientists as they believe these structures could signal upcoming methane expulsions that have previously created massive craters in the area.

    In a study recently published...]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:13:40 -0400 Unfussy bottom feeders show resilience to climate change

    A study by scientists at the University of Aberdeen has found that invertebrate life in the deep Arctic Ocean is more resilient to the effects of climate change than previously thought.

    The shrinking sea ice cover in the Arctic has led to fears that the associated loss of...]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:52:00 -0400 How Is Worldwide Sea Level Rise Driven by Melting Arctic Ice?

    Climate change is warming the Arctic more than twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. One of the most serious consequences is sea level rise, which threatens nations from Bangladesh to the U.S. But exactly how does melting Arctic ice contribute to sea level rise?...]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:48:27 -0400 The G&T effect: Antarctica is melting differently than the Arctic When New Zealand scientists return to Antarctica next spring and summer, they will start a multi-year programme to drill through the 350-metre deep Ross ice shelf and into the cold sea water below the ice.

    This has never been done quite like this and the scientists had to invent a new...]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:40:33 -0400 Researchers uncover a cause for early 20th century Arctic warming

    Is a warmer Arctic a canary of global warming? Since the 1970s the northern polar region has warmed faster than global averages by a factor or two or more, in a process of 'Arctic amplification' which is linked to a drastic reduction in sea ice.

    But then how to...]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 19:02:33 -0400 Thawing permafrost will release powerful greenhouse gas nitrous oxide

    Thawing ground inside the Arctic circle could release as much nitrous oxide (N2O) into the atmosphere as tropical rainforests – previously the biggest known natural emitter of the powerful global warming gas.

    Research by a team led by Carolina Voigt of the University of...]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 18:59:36 -0400 Call for Sea Ice Outlook Contributions - 2017 June Report (based on May Data) The Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN) announces the call for contributions for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook June report (based on May data).

    Note that there is a new submission process this year, which is summarized below; guidelines for contributors can be found at: Tue, 30 May 2017 16:10:45 -0400 MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity for Selected Glaciers from InSAR data set update at NSIDC DAAC An update to the “MEaSUREs Greenland Ice Velocity: Selected Glacier Site Velocity Maps from InSAR” data set is now available from the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC). The data set, part of the NASA Making Earth System Data Records for Use...]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 23:08:22 -0400 NASA's Arctic ecosystem science flights begin

    A NASA-led effort to advance our ability to monitor changing Arctic and boreal ecosystems has started its second season, with the first aircraft taking flight over Alaska and northwest Canada this month.

    Scientists with the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE,...]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 23:00:27 -0400 Sea Ice Outlook - Overview of Plan for the 2017 Season This is a summary of plans for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook (SIO); the call for submissions for the June report will be circulated at the end of this week.

    2017 SIO will include calls for contributions to the regular June, July, and August monthly reports that synthesize predictions for the...]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:17:28 -0400 IASSA Northern Notes Issue 47 Spring / Summer 2017 The newest issue of the IASSA newsletter Northern Notes is out. The spring/summer issue includes information on ICASS IX, candidates for IASSA Council 2017-2020, and bids for IASSA Presidency 2017-2020.

    This issue features e.g.

    • Information about Umeå and ICASS IX - People and...]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:07:37 -0400 New model helps predict regional and seasonal sea ice extent

      Scientists have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the Arctic up to 11 months in advance. The method, which incorporates information about ocean temperatures and focuses on regions rather than the entire Arctic Sea, could help in the...]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:13:27 -0400 RV Polarstern expedition - How is climate change affecting fauna in the Arctic? Polarstern expedition explores the interplays between the atmosphere, ice and ocean – and the effects on the ecosystem

      On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 49 atmospheric and cloud researchers, sea-ice physicists, marine biologists and biogeochemists will embark on a joint expedition headed for...]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:11:58 -0400 New version of the OSISAF Sea Ice Concentration Climate Data Record The EUMETSAT Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) team is pleased to announce the release of OSI-450, a new full reprocessing of its Sea Ice Concentration (SIC) Climate Data Record (CDR). The release provides a SIC CDR over the polar regions, derived from passive...]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:43:53 -0400